Friday, April 23, 2021

Fret-Free Friday: A Quiet Heart

Fret-Free Friday: A Quiet Heart
Roy Lessin, Meeting in the Meadow

We can learn something important from the way of a mother with a frightened child. A child's response to fear is not a whimper. It's a wail. The mother's response is not casual or indifferent. No, it is instant and intense. Love moves into action, and not with just explanations or reasoning but with everything within its power to quiet, to comfort, and to reassure. The arms of a mother's embrace speak louder than any words the child can hear in that moment of fear.

The mother's voice is also soothing. "Shhh, it's okay now. Mommy's here. It's okay." These words are all the child needs to know. Her gentle words and loving arms bring the reassurance that helps the child become calm. 

God's words can be likened to the words of a caring mother to her fearful child. The language in Psalm 46:10-11 is simple, the words are few, the impact is instant, the result is profound. His words tell us all we need to know to settle down, still our fears, quiet our hearts, and reassure us. Hear His encouraging voice: "Be still. Release all your concerns and quiet your heart. You are okay. I am here. You are safe in the shelter of My arms."

Be still, and know that I am God...The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Psalm 46:10-11

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